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1955 model 70 FWT NIB 358 Win.
September 11, 2019
6:49 am
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Here is one for you model 70 guys. I don't know if the starting price is realistic or a wish. It sure looks like the real deal to me....

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/819344364

Erin

September 11, 2019
11:37 am
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I'm not a model 70 collector, and I know just enough about them to get me in trouble, but boy this one looks like a time capsule.  Love the original sales receipt.

Al

September 11, 2019
3:51 pm
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Had it on the watch list for 2 weeks, just couldn't pull the trigger!

Seems to be the real deal, but have seen so many fakes, that I'm too cautious now...

September 11, 2019
4:34 pm
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Was that a special order caliber for that year?  I just obtained a Winchester catalogue for 1955 and the .358 is not listed as an option.  The new .243 is included, however.

Ed

September 11, 2019
7:58 pm
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Maybe Louis will chime in and give it his blessing.....  With the seller being from MI and not CA Wink gives you hope anyway

September 12, 2019
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Sorry I missed this fun, as the gun now appears to have been sold. I was working today so just picked up this thread...

NO... I did not jump in and buy it, but if it's legit that was a danged good price.  I'd've enjoyed getting a hands-on look at it...

Basically, the S/N range is OK and the rifle looks correct.  I have only one of these and I believe it legit.  The S/N is 336998.  The tall Win 22K is correct for a LC FWT of 1955. 

IMHO the biggest question (that we will not likely resolve here) is the caliber designation stamp.  There are two commonly encountered stamps...  One is marked "358 WIN.-" the other is marked "358 WIN.-" where the "5" is slightly smaller than the "3" and "8"...  I don't know how to replicate this - change point - on the website, sorry... 

This gun has the smaller "5" as far as I can tell.  In some circles, that is taken as a sign the barrel is rebored and fake.  My own opinion having handled several of these, seen several more on-line, etc. is that there were two stamps and the one on this gun is one of those two.  Others will surely disagree...

Anybody have an answer to this???  I'd say I see nothing wrong with the gun...  The accoutrement OTOH... Confused

Lou 

WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters

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September 13, 2019
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I was watching this gun also.  When they don't sell fast enough I always figure someone (probably from this group) has spotted something wrong.  That goes both ways, I have seen a 1895 sell quickly with, a well done, "405" hand engraved on the barrel that sold for 5 or 6K.  I figure better to see one go instead of learning a $4,000 lesson.

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